The Security Institute has reported high levels of interest in its Diploma in Security Management. A key part of its on-going commitment to raising professional standards, the Diploma was launched in 2009 and is aimed at middle and senior managers seeking career advancement via an industry specific qualification. Over 100 people successfully completed the course in 2012. ‘The qualification is open to all those who work within the private and public security sectors and who possess a minimum of five years’ security management experience,’ stated Di Thomas, general manager at The Security Institute. ‘It offers a logical progression from our Certificate in Security Management and those currently on the course include security managers, health and safety managers, facilities managers, senior police officers, fire service personnel and experienced members of the armed services.’ Combining theoretical and practical content, the Diploma is available as a distance-learning course, and is recognised by four of the UK’s top universities ‘
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.